I made these today after reviewing a new cookbook at my book review blog, Books and Chocolate. Yummy! (But not so great for my diet...)
Cherry Cheesecake Bars
from You Be Sweet
2/3 c. all purpose flour
2/3 c. quick oats
1/4 c. brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. butter
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar or sugar substitute
2 t. vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, and butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press the crumbs into the prepared pan and bake for 12-15 minutes. While the crust is baking, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in the cherries. Spread over the partially baked crust.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until the cream cheese layer is set. Cool at least 2 hours before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
The dried bing cherries I used turned out brown which made it look more like prunes instead of cherries, but the bars still tasted good. I'm thinking of trying Craisins next time.